Fat Friday 22nd July 2011: The Wanted, Van Morrison, Incubus, Yellowcard, Darren Hayes, Thin Lizzy, Jon Fratelli and more
New tickets-wise, we have quite a mixture of genres on offer this week, from classic rock and pop legends from Ireland, Bob Dylan, Thin Lizzy and Van Morrison, pop heart-throbs The Wanted and Darren Hayes (it says here), hefty rock warriors Incubus and Yellowcard, a circus, a food festival and a whole chunk of grime with Skepta and Chase and Status. Time to dust off that credit card all over again.
Tickets on-sale Friday at 9am unless stated. For ticket availability, click on the "Buy Tickets" buttons below, on or after the on-sale date and time. Prices quoted are not inclusive of booking fees.
For 2012, the boy-band have announced a major arena tour that will begin in Nottingham on 15th February, followed by more arenas in Manchester, Sheffield, Brighton etc until finishing off in London on 3rd March. Tickets for all shows will cost £19.50 and it is expected that all shows will sell out pretty quickly.
Blues rock legend Van Morrison has announced two UK shows for the autumn. Van 'The Man' will be playing the Birmingham Symphony Hall on Friday 2nd September and the Liverpool Empire the following evening. Tickets will be priced from around £45 and will sell very quickly, so set two alarms!
After twenty years in the business, Incubus show no signs of letting up with a UK tour from 3rd November, when they will kick-off in Wolverhampton, followed by London's Alexandra Palace, Cardiff, Nottingham, Manchester and Glasgow. Even at £27.50 (or £28.50 for London), fans will soon make short work of these on-sales.
Yellowcard and Saves the Day have 2011 albums either released or forthcoming and both bands have shaken hands and agreed to headline a joint tour. 28th November sees the pairing hit Glasgow, followed by dates in Birmingham, Manchester and finally, London on 1st December.
First stop on the Secret Tour is Liverpool on 15th October, followed by Glasgow, Birmingham and London (Shepherd's Bush) on the 19th. Tickets are on sale on Sunday (yes, SUNDAY) at 9am. You might have to put the eggs, bacon, toast and coffee on hold to grab these. Prices start at £25, rising to £28.50.
'The Lizzy' play Glasgow Barrowland on 19th January, taking in Leicester, York, Cardiff, Brighton and more, before the final gig of the tour at the Hammersmith Apollo on 4th February 2012. Support for the entire tour comes from Clutch and tickets cost £27.50 - £29.50 and are on sale from Monday.
2 Many DJs
Whatever they call themselves, 2 Many DJs (or Soulwax) always put on a massive show. They've got Dublin next week, festivals in August and September (Reading, Leeds, Brighton) and now, on 16th December, they will hit Brixton for an all-nighter - tickets on sale Friday, £26.50.
Finally, it appears that Jon Fratelli's long-awaited solo album, "Psycho Jukebox" is finally set for release in the coming weeks - hence this cluster of shows in Dunfermline, Manchester, Leeds and London. All shows are on sale now, priced at £10, except London which goes on sale Friday, priced at £12.
London Restaurant Festival
London Restaurant Festival 2011
Michelin-starred restaurants all converge to bring you the very best in London's eating scene with special events such as the Gourmet Odyssey on a Routemaster bus, a table for two on the London Eye and several exclusive menus provided on site by your favourite chefs. Some tickets are on sale now, with more being added from Monday onwards - look out for our full article.
Taking a break from his tenure as lead-singer of Big Country, Peters has announced a UK tour starting in Liverpool on 10th November, followed by Oxford, Bournemouth and more until Sheffield on the 18th. Expect plenty of classic Alarm songs on this 30th anniversary acoustic tour and ticket prices around £12.
Famed as being one of the few musical luminaries from Banbury and a pioneer of minimal techno, Hawtin is set to dust off his Plastikman alter-ego and hit the UK with a brace of shows in December, starting with Manchester on the 1st, followed by Brixton and Glasgow. Tickets cost £25 / £27.50.
"Lights, Camera, Action" is the title of the London rapper's forthcoming album and will provide the basis for Skepta's setlist for this October tour, starting in Glasgow on the 7th. Further stops include Newcastle, Sheffield and Liverpool with tickets priced at £9 - £10.
Secretive Manchester heavy-poppers 'World Unite! Lucifer Youth Foundation' are coming out to play a series of October gigs, starting with Newcastle on 17th followed by gigs in Birmingham, Leeds, etc, before a show at the Shepherd's Bush Empire on 26th and the final show in Brighton on 27th. Demand is sure to be high with a ticket price of just £8.50 / £10.
Also on sale this week are tickets for a short UK tour from metallers Architects, further tours from Portugal The Man, Boyce Avenue, Girls and The Secret Sisters and one-off special shows from Modestep in Islington, Friendly Fires in Brixton and The Script appearing at The Edge Festival 2011 in Edinburgh.
His Never Ending Tour is about to swing by these shores once more in October, starting with Dublin on 6th October, followed by two shows in Glasgow on the 8th and 9th and one show each for Manchester, Nottingham, Cardiff and Bournemouth. We have tickets available for all UK dates now, priced at £60 - Mark Knopfler is in support!
Chase and Status
In Nov, the grimey dubsteppers will headline UKF Bass Culture with more soundsystem-bothering DJs and musician names TBA - tickets cost £30. They also have festival action to take care of prior to their nearly-sold out UK tour in October. Only Liverpool and Glasgow have face-value tickets left (£17.50).
James Vincent McMorrow
Aberdeen is first stop on this jaunt on 9th October, followed by Edinburgh, Leeds, Nottingham etc until Birmingham on the 17th. Tickets, costing £12.50, went on sale this morning. McMorrow then heads to an already sold-out show in Dublin on 20th Oct, before returning to the South Bank's Royal Festival Hall on 15th February.
The long-awaited album, "Interplay", finally appeared on Foxx's own Metamatic imprint earlier this year. It sees the electro-wizard and Benge revisit old machines with future-beats and, with live musicians, is ripe for a UK tour in October, his first since 2007. Tickets cost from £20 upwards.
Chinese State Circus
You won't just get standard acrobatics with the Chinese State Circus, you'll witness elements of Kung fu and even opera throughout the performance. The company has already confirmed Oxford for January - now Birmingham joins the schedule on 8th and 9th April, with tickets costing from £17.